Seth Kolloen
I never want to do something because it’s the way it’s always been done. I can’t stand that kind of thinking.
Sounders FC general manager Adrian Hanauer, quoted in Sounders FC: Authentic Masterpiece: The Inside Story Of The Best Franchise Launch In American Sports History by Mike Gastineau
Amazing Description of Drunkenness by Dickens

From The Pickwick Papers:

Mr. Pickwick, with his hands in his pockets and his hat cocked completely over his left eye, was leaning against the dresser, shaking his head from side to side, and producing a constant succession of the blandest and most benevolent smiles without being moved thereunto by any discernible cause or pretence whatsoever; old Mr. Wardle, with a highly-inflamed countenance, was grasping the hand of a strange gentleman muttering protestations of eternal friendship; Mr. Winkle, supporting himself by the clock, was feebly invoking destruction upon the head of any member of the family who should suggest the propriety of his retiring for the night; and Mr. Snodgrass had sunk into a chair, with an expression of the most abject and hopeless misery that the human mind can imagine, portrayed in every lineament of his expressive face.

Wow, right?

One elderly woman, dressed in tattered black and carrying a thin old shopping bag on her arm, stood at the far edge of the crowd, vainly beseeching a toss in her direction. Finally one sailor, who had just started on a large box of Nabiscos, piece by piece, changed his mind and threw the entire box toward the old woman.
It was a good throw and a good catch. She got it like an outfielder. But no sooner did she have it in her arms than the crowd was upon her. Kids and adults both tore at the box, scratched and yelled and grabbed, and in five seconds the box was empty and torn.
The poor old woman never let go. She clung to it as though it were something alive and precious. And when the last cracker was gone she walked sort of blindly away, her head back and her eyes toward the sky, weeping, her face stricken just like that of a heartbroken child, and still gripping the empty box.
Ernie Pyle, reporting from Anzio, Italy, 1943
Found this awesome photo of Jim Lambright as a Husky player in a program for a 1964 Cal/Washington game.

Found this awesome photo of Jim Lambright as a Husky player in a program for a 1964 Cal/Washington game.

We believe that to establish a parcel post would prove the last step toward Government ownership with all its attendant evils and dangers.
That’s E.B. Moon, Secretary of the American League of Associations (a trade group of wholesalers) testifying before Congress in 1911. Congress ended up deciding to establish a parcel post the next year. Mr. Moon, wherever he is, would be gratified to hear that 100 years later, Communism has yet to take root despite the government’s establishment of a nationwide service to deliver packages larger than four pounds.
Malpractice Insurance Probably Worth the Cost

Any doctor who complains about the high cost of malpractice insurance would do well to remember the times *before* insurance. This from the Hammurabi Code, the oldest surviving code of laws, written in the pre-Lloyds-of-London year of 1776 BCE:

218. If a physician make a large incision with the operating knife, and kill him, or open a tumor with the operating knife, and cut out the eye, his hands shall be cut off.

Malpractice insurance assures a patient redress without resorting to amputation. Hooray!

Up to the 1840’s, the shoemaker had used mainly hand tools, and just such as had been used for centuries…The domestic worker had enjoyed all the latitude that he needed or wished. He sowed his fields and cut his hay when he was ready. He locked up his ten-footer (his shop) and went fishing when he pleased, or sat in his kitchen reading when it was too cold to work in his little shop.
Historian Blanche Hazard